A bunch of fun things — just a few steps away

Auditions will be held Monday, Feb. 24, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center for the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Hansel and Gretel,” courtesy of the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Registration is now open through Hood River Community Education at hrcommunityed.org.

Students from grades 1-12 will be cast in this production of 55 roles with an enrollment fee of $40.

Rehearsals are Feb. 25-28 from 3:30-8 p.m. each day and the final performances will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 2:30 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $5.


Looking for more fun family activities in the coming weeks? Here’s a list to get you started:

Feb. 22 — Father-Daughter Dance, 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge. Dessert and picture provided. $30 per couple, $10 each additional daughter. Tickets are limited; available at Shortt Supply in Hood River, or contact Patti Munk at 541-386-5433. (Note

Feb 22 — Derby Race at the Westside Elementary School cafeteria. Boys in grades 1-5 will have the opportunity to come race a derby car against their friends. A complimentary car will be provided at the event (if necessary). In addition to the race, there will be games, crafts and a photo booth. Check in will be at 9 a.m. and the race will begin at 10 a.m.

Through Feb. 26 — History display, “What if the Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?”, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The History Museum of Hood River County, 300 E. Port Marina Drive. An interactive exhibit that recounts the poor treatment Japanese-American Nisei soldiers received upon returning home to the valley after World War II.

Feb. 28 — Musical, “Kid Next Door,” 7 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School auditorium. Directed by Rebecca Nederhiser, written by Mark Steighner, and presented by the Hood River Middle School theater department. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 14 and under.

March 1 — Musical, “Kid Next Door,” 2 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School auditorium. Directed by Rebecca Nederhiser, written by Mark Steighner, and presented by the Hood River Middle School theater department. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 14 and under.

March 14 — Parkdale PTO Carnival, 5-8 p.m. at Parkdale Elementary School. Game booths, raffles and fun. Raffle tickets, $1 each.

Beginning in April — Youth indoor soccer academy at Wy’east Middle School. Sign-ups are currently under way. Children will be divided by age group; for children ages 4-10. Fee is $75 per player with discounted rates available. Proceeds will help fund the Hood River Valley High School boys and girls soccer programs. Enroll through Community Education, hrcommunityed.org, or call Jaime Rivera at 541-490-0699.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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